THE TEAM QUICKLY
DECIDED WHAT material their presentation would cover, and split
the topic into three sections.
and I are going to be explaining about the organisms, the only
organisms, that can live in the hot and acid conditions of the
hot pots... their characteristics, their history, who first discovered
them. It's like a third phylogenera - there are prokaryotes, there
are eukaryotes, and then there is the Archaea, which are different."
going to be explaining the pH levels, which consists of the acidity
levels in the thermal features and hot pots, and what kinds of
organisms survive there, in what concentrations of acid. Like,
there's one stream that starts out cold and non-acid, and trout
live there. But farther down, hot acid water from hot springs
flows into the springs, and you no longer find trout in there."
I'm talking about what kinds of temperatures living things can
survive in, both multicellular and unicellular... unicellular
creatures can live in much greater extremes, both hot and cold,
than multicellular animals can."
At their workstations,
each of the team's journalist-explorers collected material and
began to shape their presentations. They were under some pressure,
because tomorrow they were going to Yellowstone with a party of
biologists who were collecting life samples from hot springs there...
and the day after that, they would give their presentation.